It’s a well-documented effect: business and manufacturing create an ecosystem around the entity itself. Employees go to lunch on their breaks, maybe pick up a handful of essentials at a local drug store and potentially grab a cup of coffee before clocking in.
The most recent evidence of this? Tim Horton’s, a coffee and donut chain, has felt major impacts after Unifor initiated a strike against General Motors at the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, according to CBC.
“We called them CAMI rushes,” said Chantelle Kuhlman, co-manager of two of three Tim Horton’s locations in Ingersoll. “With them being off work, we don’t have the rush anymore.” She says the stores have lost hundreds of dollars worth of business every day over the past week since the strike began.
Employees on the picket line use the situation as a call to arms; if the CAMI plant does not receive new investment, or isn’t designated the lead Chevrolet Equinox plant, Ingersoll would lose more than it can afford to.
“The morale is very high [right now],” Mike Van Boekel, the chair of Unifor Local 88, said. “But if this plant leaves, the whole community of Ingersoll becomes half a ghost town pretty quick.”